You Can Call Me Al (Borland)

I’ve never in my life felt like much of a “handyman.” That seems to come with a negative connotation and conjures up visions of faulty wiring and not-so-level shelves. On the other hand, owning a home kind of forces you to become a “handyman.” I’ve also never really thought of myself as being any good at building things. I think I’m much better at the whole “taking it apart and putting it back together” thing. I’m more of a tinkerer or modification expert. I like to think I’m good at finding creative and practical ways to alter something for my own use. My Dad seems to think I’m pretty good (a regular Al Borland of Tool Time fame), so let’s take his word for it.I don't think so, TimWith that being said we’ve been quietly working on a lot of different small projects that involve a good bit of handy skills. We’ve also done some fairly basic things that have improved the quality and practicality of our living space. The kitchen has been a big point of contention for us in the landmark case of Megan & Andrew v. House.

kitchen before listing photoThat’s the kitchen before. Those are the listing photos, but they are really the most dramatic “befores” we have. The way the kitchen was in this condition just lacks the kind of storage we need. It also lacks the practicality that we crave. Mornings are crucial for both of us, so we decided to build a coffee bar of sorts.

coffee bar ikea stenstorpThis was a simple build, and is a combination of 2 IKEA units. The top shelf is a Stenstorp, and the bottom is a Lyckhem. The table also lets us make great use of the Kuerig we just got and the shelf has built in mug hangers for our new mugs.

target pull outOne of the best things we were able to do with the table was put these cloth drawers in the cubbie holes. We found them at Target and they just so happen to be the right size and the perfect fit! They match and are easy to pull out. Awesome!

flower pigAlso featured on the shelf is this pig that my Grandma gave us a year ago. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be a flower pot or if maybe it is supposed to be a pitcher or maybe a watering can? It seems to be working fine right now as a decorative pig with flowers.

tools on the floorTo end this post, I’m gonna bring it back around full circle. Here’s some shots of me working with various tools on the floor in various pants and short. Note the sparks coming off of the Dremel in the last one. Also notice the not-safe-for-the-workplace open toed shoes/flip flops. Would Al Borland approve? I don’t think so, Tim.

4 thoughts on “You Can Call Me Al (Borland)”

  1. Man! I totally forgot my love for tool time. I recently remembered my love for Paul simon though and currently listen to you can call me all when I need a pep talk.

    Love the coffee centre. We have a similar thing for tea.

    1. We love Paul Simon! (And Home Improvement, obviously)! 🙂

      We’ve got tea and tea supplies hiding in the left drawrer of our coffee bar! We’re just such coffee fans…we didn’t even intend for that to become a coffee bar, but it just fit so well!

      Thanks for the comment!

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